Why use mirrors/proxies?
The Pirate Bay is arguably the most censored website on the Internet. All around the world the copyright lobby is pushing for increased censorship of ‘pirate’ websites. ThePirateBay has been blocked by several ISPs (internet service providers) across the globe. Thus far this has resulted in court-ordered blockades in several countries including the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium.
Proxy/mirror sites are the easiest methods to bypass the block. These are hosted in countries where The Pirate Bay has not been blocked. Check the alternate methods for other ways of accessing The Pirate Bay.
If you want to know more about these blocks, mirrors and proxies, read the following article on TorrentFreak
If you want to help, you can also create your own proxy site. There are instructions for setting up a simple proxy (using a PHP script) and advanced method using NGINX as a reverse proxy. See the instructions here
STOP! Don’t risk it!
Anyone accessing content from a pirate site is involving themselves in unlawful behavior and by this exposing themselves to a huge risk of being fined or prosecuted, like for example the university graduate student who was ordered to pay $675,000 for illegally downloading music.
How to stay safe?
VPN services are the easiest method to bypass the block. These are hosted in countries where TPB has not been blocked. VPNs are the best way to stay safe when using a torrent app. Better stay safe than trying to defend yourself in court or paying massive fine for something you may or may not have even done.
What makes a good VPN?
A good VPN service protects your IP, all communications between your computer and the VPN are encrypted and sent through a secure tunnel over the Internet, preventing outsiders from spying on your web activity, so technically, as long as the VPN is on, it’s hard to track you down and your security is guaranteed.